About the Principal

Phone: (928) 688-4770


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Carmen Moffett

Dr. Carmen Moffett (Mexican/Navajo) is Mexican-born for the Manygoats clan. Her other clans include Mexican and Mexican People.  Before coming to Sanders, Dr. Moffett spent 25 years working for Gallup schools and one year in Kayenta as a principal.  In Gallup, she spent over 14 years working with Indian Education programs. Dr. Carmen Moffett has been a teacher, principal, and director of various tribal, state, and federal programs. Her entire career has been serving schools within and/or around the Navajo Nation.

Dr. Moffett earned her BA degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Master’s degree in Elementary Education, a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and her Doctorate degree from New Mexico State University in Educational Leadership.  Her doctoral research was on educational leadership, academic achievement of Native American students, and indigenous languages. Dr. Moffett possesses Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language endorsements in New Mexico and Arizona. In 2013, she was selected as Bilingual Administrator of the Year in New Mexico. Dr. Moffett has served as a keynote speaker, professional development facilitator, workshop presenter, and organizer of local and national educational conferences.  Dr. Moffett comes with experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as data analysis and strategic planning.

Dr. Moffett’s focus areas are ensuring that English Language Learners have access to academic language, students with IEPs have equitable access to curriculum, and ensuring that school staff understands culturally responsive teaching and learning.

Message from Dr. Moffett:  I am very honored to serve my Diné people in this capacity.  I come with high expectations for all learners.  The pandemic has posed many challenges for schools and families, but we are resilient. We will overcome the challenges and continue to put all our effort into student learning. I’m ready to move the school forward and looking forward to working with school staff, parents, and students at Sanders Middle School. Ahéhéé!